Nadav Knaan is a Ph.D candidate in Law at Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. His dissertation, titled: "The Transformation of the Cherokee Property System and its Concept of Ownership" is supervised by Dr. David Schorr (Tel Aviv University) and Dr. Julie Reed (Pennsylvania State University). Nadav's study concerns the history of property law and examines the transformation of the Cherokee native property regime, and especially its concept of ownership, as a result of the Cherokee nation's ongoing contact with European and American settlers, mainly during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 2020 Nadav received a grant for his research from the Center for the Study of the United States (in Tel Aviv University) in partnership with the Fulbright program.
Nadav obtained his LLB and LLM in Law from Jerusalem's Hebrew University, Faculty of Law. This was followed by a Master's thesis, titled: "The Traditional Property System of the Cherokees and other Southeastern Nations" which Nadav completed as a student in the prerequisite program towards PhD in the University of Haifa, Faculty of Law. The thesis was supervised by Prof. Gad Barzilai, Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Kedar and Dr. Ely Aharonshon, and was awarded with distinction (96). During this time, Nadav was also a Visiting Researcher at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Formerly, Nadav served as a teaching assistant for Dr. Yoav Mazeh in his course on Intellectual property, in Ono Academic College.
Nadav served as a law intern at the District Court of Jerusalem, and became a member of the Israel Bar Association (2007). He then worked for several years as a law clerk in the District Court of Jerusalem, and then as a legal advisor and disciplinary prosecutor in the Legal Department of Israel's Ministry of Justice. Currently, Nadav works as a legal advisor in Israel's Corporates Authority.
Nadav's research interests are: The Evolution of Property Law and the Right of Ownership, Legal History, Law and Anthropology, and the Relation between Law and Time.